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The Velvet Underground, live at The Retinal Circus, June 1969
This is a GREAT quality performance; again, one of the very few good early bootlegs from the VU at this point in their career. Soundboard recording, I believe, similar to that of The Gymnasium 1967.
2. New Age
3. White Light White Heat
4. Some Kinda Love
5. What Goes On
6. Over You / Sweet Jane
7. Sweet Bonnie Brown / Foggy Notion / It's Just Too Much
8. I Can't Stand It
9. The Ocean
10. Rock And Roll
At the start of "New Age", Lou says it's a new song. He also sings it rather than Doug Yule and it has different lyrics than what would eventually appear on "Loaded".
"Over You", I guess, is just a short tag at the start of another song; in this case, "Sweet Jane". I've only ever heard it be played one other time (that recording was included on Disc 3 of the 3-Disc set "The Quine Tapes"). I don't think it was ever studio recorded, either, making it an extremely rare song.
"Sweet Bonnie Brown" is even rarer. Once again, it's just a tag before "Foggy Notion", and I don't think it was ever studio recorded. Following "Foggy Notion" is another rarity: "It's Just Too Much", another song I don't think was ever studio recorded. Crazy, right? I'm so glad this bootleg is in as good quality as it is. We need to preserve these songs.
The Retinal Circus was a venue in Vancouver British Colombia, Canada, B.C. that hosted concerts by the likes of Cream, The Byrds, et al. The Velvet Underground played there several times and were well liked. The last time they played there would have been at the end of their '69 tour. That said, there is speculation that this recording comes from The Eagle Theater in Seattle. The Eagle had its own in-house recording system and recorded most shows there for potential radio broadcasts. The Velvets would have shared the bill with one or two other big acts, and played for a larger audience than usual. Most of the original Eagle Theater reels were bought by a collector in the mid 1970's and have only begun to circulate in recent years. The source for this is a Maxell XL II cassette made from a large 15ips reel. The cassette is at least 15 years old but has held up pretty well. It is unknown whether or not this show was ever broadcast.
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